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NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Phoenix

(Saturday, January 13th)

Final Score: San Jose 4, Phoenix 1

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ryane Clowe's two goals and Vesa Toskala's 29 saves paced the San Jose Sharks, as they posted a 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Matt Carle and Jonathan Cheechoo scored for San Jose, which has won five of its last six games. Joe Thornton registered three assists, and both Clowe and Cheechoo were credited with helpers as well.

Shane Doan scored the only goal of the night for Phoenix, which is 8-2-1 in its last 11 contests. Curtis Joseph gave up four goals on 20 shots, and was denied a move one victory closer to Terry Sawchuk on the all-time goaltender wins list.

Clowe scored the lone goal of the first period, at the 8:07 mark off a dish from Thornton. Both teams combined for only four total shots in the first 20 minutes of play.

Doan answered for the Coyotes on the power play midway through the second, slamming home Steve Reinprecht's behind-the-net pass from inside the crease, but Clowe scored his second of the night at 14:28 when his chip shot over Phoenix defenseman Keith Ballard found its way to the top left corner of the net.

Carle tallied 51 seconds into the third, slipping the disc low along the ice at a sharp angle between the top of the left circle and the goal line for a 3-1 Sharks advantage, and Cheechoo tipped San Jose's fourth goal of the night past Joseph from Christian Ehrhoff's point shot at 11:29 while Doan was in the box for roughing.

San Jose killed off a double minor to Milan Michalek shortly after scoring its fourth goal, and the Coyotes did not mount much of a threat to score for the remainder of the night.

Game Notes

San Jose takes a 3-2 season series lead, and avenges an 8-0 whipping at the Coyotes' hands in Glendale back on December 30th...After winning five straight games on the road, the Coyotes have been outscored 9-2 in their last two home games...The Sharks' power-play is operating at a sizzling 50 percent (16- of-32) in their last six games, including a 1-of-5 performance Saturday...Coyotes forward Jeremy Roenick, who notched a hat-trick in that 8-0 rout, was a healthy scratch.

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